BLOOMINGTON, Minn. —
Minnesota-based HealthPartners says it's closing 30 retail
pharmacies as well as its mail-order pharmacy operation
The nonprofit health
insurer says about 300 jobs will be eliminated, including
about 100 pharmacists.
A HealthPartners vice
president, Scott Schnuckle, says consumer preferences and
pharmacy economics have changed to favor large-scale
organizations that can provide extended hours,
drive-through pickup and other conveniences.
The Star Tribune says
HealthPartners also runs clinics and hospitals in
Minnesota and Wisconsin, including Regions Hospital in St.
Paul and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Besides
hospitals, HealthPartners runs 55 primary care clinics, 22
urgent care centers and 24 dental clinics.
The pharmacies are expected
to close early next year.